Creating Caring Communities: Responding to Mental Illness

Help to address Mental Health in Faith Communities. Rabbi Sandra Cohen will present, followed by an interfaith panel.

INMI of Boulder will be offering a public program about responding to mental illness in our communities on Sunday, March 5th from 2pm to 4pm at Congregation Har Hashem in Boulder. This will be a presentation and panel discussion. Audience questions and discussion will be encouraged. 

What connects us in our humanity are personal stories. At this event, you will hear testimony about ways mental health challenges have affected our speaker, Rabbi Sandy Cohen. Many  people will relate especially when these stories break the silence about mental illness. Very few people do not know someone or even themselves who is impacted by a mental health condition.

Rabbi Cohen will speak on the personal level as well as offer specific and practical ways that communities can be places where mental health is acknowledged and acted on. There are particular actions that can be taken to create caring communities. Many resources will be available to offer education and support. You will hear from several people who are part of different faith communities where their understanding of mental illness and support for mental health are applied.

A primary goal is to educate spiritual communities, encouraging them to be more welcoming to those who are impacted by mental health challenges. Rabbi Sandy is excited to share her insights to make our synagogues, churches, mosques, spiritual communal organizations, and our wider community into a home for all who wish to belong.

All are welcome.

Sun, March 5, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST
In person at Congregation Har HaShem
3950 Baseline Road Boulder, CO 80303

Rabbi Sandra Cohen has lived and worked in Denver since 1995. She served as a rabbi at Temple Emanuel and Temple Micah until illness forced her to leave the congregational rabbinate. She has formed a robust program for mental health which can be adapted to your setting.

Program will be recorded. YouTube link will be provided after the event to all who register.

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